Speech Therapy
speech therapy
Our licensed Speech Therapists are trained and certified to treat every kind of patient – from pediatric to geriatric. With treatment facilities located in each of Kennedy’s three hospitals, and convenient evening and weekend hours, the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation strives to accommodate patients’ work and school schedules.

Why Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is designed to help patients regain and increase their ability to communicate through speech. People of all ages – from young children to those in their senior years – may need Speech Therapy for a variety of reasons, ranging from delayed speech in youngsters to impaired speech in adults who have suffered a stroke.

Kennedy’s Outpatient Speech Therapy program provides services to adults and children with speech, cognitive language, voice, and swallowing problems. Kennedy’s specially-trained speech therapists work closely with patients’ referring physicians to determine a course of treatment most effective for the individual person. This is based on many factors, including the patient’s:

  • Illness or disability
  • Motivation
  • Home situation and extent of the speech impairment

A speech therapist is usually consulted for clinical conditions such as:

  • Birth defect problems, such as cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Stuttering or other problems with speech, such as problems with forming words or sentences
  • Delayed speech in childhood
  • Abnormal childhood language
  • Difficulty swallowing resulting from trauma or stroke, or following surgery
  • Adult language disorders resulting from brain injury
  • Voice disorders resulting from tracheotomy or vocal cord pathology
  • Speech that is difficult to understand (such as dysarthria)

Speech Therapy includes:

  • One-on-one speech and swallowing training and repetitive exercises
  • Use of specialized devices that can make it easier for some people to speak or swallow, such as an electrolarynx or neuromuscular electrical stimulation device

Each patient referred to Kennedy’s Outpatient Speech Therapy program undergoes a thorough diagnostic evaluation. From there, a treatment plan – incorporating patient/family education and necessary follow-up services – is developed. Each patient’s treatment plan is closely supervised and re-evaluated every 30 days to monitor success and ensure that the most effective modalities are utilized.

Some of the diagnostic and treatment services for Speech Therapy include:

  • Dysphagia (swallowing) evaluation and treatment
  • Voice therapy to remediate disorders in vocal quality, volume, and resonance
  • Language therapy to improve comprehension and expression
  • Cognitive retraining

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Kennedy – Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Phone: 856-488-6842

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
Evening hours until 8 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Kennedy – Stratford
18 E. Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084

Phone: 856-346-7842

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
Evening hours until 8 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Kennedy – Washington Township
Kennedy Health & Wellness Center (HealthTrax)
405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Suite 102
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: 856-256-7871

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday
8 a.m. to noon, Saturday